Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday inaugurated a park on the banks of Buckingham Canal between Kasturba and Thiruvanmiyur MRTS railway stations and named it ‘Suthanthira Thirunal Amudha Peruvizha Ponga’ or Independence Day to commemorate 75 years of Indian independence.
Constructed by the Tamil Nadu government for Rs 18.71 crore, the 2.1 km park has several features including a Miyawaki forest, a play area for children and a separate lane for cycles. An open gym, a badminton court, LED lights, wall art and an artificial fountain are some of the additional facilities, a government release said. The park has separate spaces for children to practice silambattam, a martial art form, and an open-air theatre for cultural events.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Municipal Administration Minister KN Nehru, Higher Education Minister K Ponmudi, MP Tamizhachi Thangapandiyan, Chennai Mayor R Priya, Chennai Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi and several other senior officials.
Taking to Twitter, Chief Minister Stalin said that the park is another addition to the Singara Chennai 2.0 scheme.
Singara Chennai 2.0 is a pet project of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government to beautify the city with an emphasis on a clean and green Chennai. Earlier this year, in January, the state government passed a government order setting up 23 parks for Rs 18.48 crore and revamping five others for Rs 5.95 crore under the Singara Chennai 2.0 scheme.